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times. The first time it was up to my ancles ; the second time it came to my knees; the next time to my loins; and I believe I have been brought through it the fourth time this last week; and I found it to be a river without bottom or Thore. And this water is come into my soul; and I am sure that I shall never sink here; for the Lord has given me the hands of faith, that I may spread them forth and swim. I feel all those wonderful operations that the prodigal felt when his father said to the servant, “ Bring hither the best robe, and put it on him; put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.” Feel it I do; but it is past all description. Costly it was, and that the Redeemer knew when he gave his foul an offering for my sins, and shed his precious blood to satisfy divine justice in my behalf. O it melts me, and breaks my heart ! O, my dear brother, help me to praise him! I cannot, I cannot praise hiin as I would. But I shall do it when this mortal shall have put on immortality. “ I shall be Tatisfied when I awake with his likeness.” I believe the Lord will not keep me long here. Well, I know that “ neither height nor dcpth, life nor death, things present, nor things to come, shall ever separate me from his love.” It rejoices my heart to see the Lord is carrying on his work on the hearts of many poor finners under the orations of his Majesty's herald in this dark corner
of the globe. He is “a burning and a shining light.” He stands in the rostrum as a flaming fire for God. Surely he is the greatest blessing that ever God bestowed on such worthlcfs sinners as we are. Sifter Moorhen's wounds get deeper and deeper. I believe she will, in the Lord's time, be brought to that strait where all human strength expires, and where there is none shut up or left. There is another poor soul also who is tumbling all to pieces. This is the best news I can send you. O that Zion's cords may be lengthened, and her. stakes sirengthened ! Give my kind love to your travelling friends; and accept my thanks for your soul-strengthening letter. It was “ as cold water to a thirsty foul, or good news from a far country; as apples of gold in pictures of filver.” And I know that my God will reward you. He fays that a cup of cold water given to a disciple, in the name of a disciple, fhall in no wife lose its reward. And those that water others shall be watered themselves. Was it not so, I think the favours he heaps on me would make me miserable. I am happy to find you are better. I hope it will not be long before I see you in the Dale. I hope you will favour me with a letter soon. In the mean time, let me have an interest in your prayers, that I may be kept humble, watchful, and near to the Lord. May the Lord bless you in body and soul, in your basket and
store, in your goings out and in your comings in, is the prayer of
Your very sincere friend
and sister in Christ Jesus,
The King's Dale.
TO PHILOMELA, in the King's Dale.
“ Tuus faith the Lord God, I will · take of the highest branch of the high cedar, and
will set it; I will crop off from the top of his young twigs a tender one, and will plant it on an high mountain and eminent. In the mountain of the height of Israel will I plant it; and it shall bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar; and under it shall dwell all fowl of every wing; in the shadow of the branches thereof shall they dwell.” Ezek. xvii. 22. From the royal house of David was this young twig cropped, and on mount Zion it is planted, where E 2
the fulness of the ever-blefred Godhead, which dwells in Jeffe’s Branch, displays his omnipresence and omnipotence in the souls of thousands of poor sinners, and unites them (as boughs in the cedar) to himself; in which almighty power, love, and goodness, inanifested and put forth in the heart of the finner, the soul rests satisfied and contented, and finds and feels his shadow a sweet screen from Satan's fiery darts, and from the piercing sentences of a fiery law. In the shadowing branches of this goodly cedar shall the birds of paradise dwell. Sing care away, Philomela; for our beloved “ giveth songs in the night.” Sing of his right hand and stretched-out arm, which got himself the victory over thy heart, and over all thy foes. Sing of mercy and of judgment; of judginent past, and of mercy come. Sing of thy well beloved touching his vineyard, and of union with the living vine. Sing of his glorious triumph, of his dying love, and of his redeeming blood ; and fing glory to the righteous. “ Joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving and the voice of melody; for as well the fingers as the players on instruments shall be there; all my springs are in thee.”
He that receives his testimony into his heart, namely, that we must be born again (John iii. 11), and that he that believes in him shall be saved (John iii. 32), and he that follows hiin shall have the light of life (John xxi. 24), is sealed; the
testimony is come home to his soul with power, in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; which assurance is the sealing, confirming, and establishing, the soul in the certainty and enjoyment of the testimony received ; and of a part and lot in all the blessings and benefits promised and testified of. He sets his hand to the seal that God is true; he subscribes the evidence, and the book of the purchase: “ One shall say, I am the Lord's," for he hath taken me as a prey from the mighty; " and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob,” saying, I have got both the birthright and the blessing; 5 and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord, and surname himself by the name of Israel,” crying aloud, I have prevailed in prayer; I have looked at my beloved till I have overcome him; and I shall be more than conqueror (over heaven and earth) through him that hath loved me; “ for as a prince have I power with God and with man, and have prevailed,"
These are golden days, Philomela ! Make the most of them now, while the evil days come 'not; now, while Wisdom leads thy soul through all her mystic gates, wards, and doors, and exhi, bits her glorious and visionary scenes before thee. “ She stands on the top of high places,” Prov, viii; on Calvary, on mount Zion, and on every little hill thereof; on the munition of rocks, and on all the ancient mountains, and on the everlasting